Where are "you had to be there" locations for 2011?
You cannot go wrong with showing your face in these trendy eleven locations over the next 365 days:
1. Tallinn, Estonia
This beautiful old town has been named European Cultural Capital 2011.
Freedom Square, Kadriorg Palace, St Catherine's Passage and unbeatable charm makes this city the best place to escape to this year. Oh just one more thing Estonia joins the Eurozone this year ... sorted!
2. India/ Pakistan/ Bangladesh
I know this is cheating but all three of these countries are hosting the Cricket World Cup this year, and though you and I may not be fans of cucumber sandwiches, it is a superb chance to visit these countries when they are scrubbed clean for a worldwide audience.
3. Berkshire, England
Right so the wedding of the year will be happening, whether you like or despise the Royal Family this is a biggie - but with accommodation prices in London only just friggin crazy, be a lord and lady and head to the home of the future Queen Catherine: Berkshire. Windsor Castle, the Royal Ascot and other la dee da charms await!
4. Wellington, New Zealand
Rugger up - the Rugby World Cup will be held in New Zealand this year and if you love a good knees up with some chunky men then you should make your way to NZ's capital cool Wellington the Bohemian adventure center.
5. The Amazon Rainforest
Why not just do it - it's not that crazy get your activity adventure loving ass over to the Amazon and celebrate the UN's International Year of Forests in style! Float your way through the world's largest rain forest and you could experience Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana and some amazing wildlife.
6. Valencia, Spain
What is so special about Spain in 2011? Aside from cheap beer and sun this city is Europe's Capital of Sport 2011. This city is really up and coming and is almost pushing over Barcelona with beautiful architecture, great shopping and oh the beach!
Voted top ethical destination two years in a row and with gorgeous landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and a buzzing culture, Argentina is a travellers paradise. Affordable and unforgettable.
8. Machu Picchu
Yes this sacred mountain appears on most people's wish list but this year is it's 100th anniversary since it was discovered by a foreigner. The Inca trail is mysterious and ancient and making this journey could be the best of your life let alone just 2011.
9. Chernobyl, Ukraine
The well known Chernobyl disaster which occurred in 1986 is considered the worst nuclear power plan accident in history. This year a number of companies will begin tours to the infamous power plant site you will get to see the 'dead town' of Pipyay, as well as the 'red forest.' It is great to see this place turning it self around and I really hope it does well.
10. Washington DC
This place seems extraordinary
and is on my list this year, because I have not been and everyone is raving about it! If you love museums this seems to be Disneyland and I hear it is cheap too - history my love here I come!
11. Irish Year of the Craft
We have some very talented people in this country and this year we will celebrate their unique talents with the Year of the Craft. Craft fairs will pop up all over the country this Summer so you can buy pretty things for me and you but to see some items during creation get yourself to Co Kilkenny or to Carrick-on-Shannon in Leitrim for some meet the maker fun.